Former Division III Rowan head coach (1993-2001) and Blue Hen linebacker (1978-1981) K. C. Keeler officially replaced Raymond on March 5, 2002.
Raymond's 300th win came during the last home game of the season on Nov. 10, with a 10-6 victory against the University of Richmond Spiders. As the clock wound down in the game, the crowd began chanting "Tubby, Tubby". Raymond made a short, humble speech and was carried off the field by his team as a construction worker climbed aboard a cherry-picker truck to cross off the final number on the poster.
The following is an excerpt from Tubby Raymond's speech to the exalting Delaware faithful after his 300th victory.
"I have to apologize for paraphrasing, but I feel a little bit like Lou Gehrig. I'm the luckiest man on the face of the earth. First, I'd like to thank the Delaware fans who have been here for so many years. I know there are things that happen that you don't like. There are things that happen that I don't like. But the thing that's there all the time is you. You're at every football game. You're excited about being here, and you truly made Delaware football something we can all be proud of. Thank you very much."
Delaware lost its final game of the season on the road against Villanova, and that winter, Raymond announced his retirement, ending his career at an even 300 wins.
Despite his conservative views, Raymond has long supported Democrat Jack Markell more out of loyalty than because of political views. As a boy, Markell grew up seven houses away from the Raymonds and the two have remained friends. When Markell ran for state treasurer, Raymond taped radio ads supporting him, a move that Markell claimed as one of his most effective campaign strategies. In 2007, Markell named Raymond an honorary co-chair of his 2008 gubernatorial bid.
"Run em!" (the infamous command he gave before "gassers" each practice)
"Give me 7 of 'em!" (the dreaded line yelled out every day of pre-season camp indicating it was time for mixed agilities)
"People pay for weather like this!" (Referring to the hot and dry late August Delaware weather, Tub would often say this during summer camp) "Rack em"
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